Join Date: Jul 2008
Bikes: Brompton, Dahon Vitesse D5
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How hard for someone with no framebuilding experience to construct a Brompton fork?
I like folding bikes, however there are aspects of their design that persistently frustrate me. I find myself wanting to redesign them myself.
I've never brazed anything, never sourced lugs, crowns etc.. How tricky would it be and what cost would be involved would in attempting to replicate something like this?:
The geometry is unique: how would I obtain fork blades of the correct length? Would it be easy to find a crown of that flat shape so that the threaded section could be brazed on top (with 1 1/8 steerer)? What problems will likely arise?
The primary reason for doing this would be to have a threadless steerer tube, and then to redesign part of the stem, it's an idea that's been floating round my head for a while now and I figure I ought to get a better idea of the feasibility.